Vintage Family Photos

by Cordelia Mendoza
My mother passed away five years ago on April 6th, so I have been very reflective all week. I posted a tribute to her on Facebook and pulled out some of her old albums. I found some wonderful photos of my grandparents and great grandparents. What a treasure! I am posting some of my Grandma Rose, my mom's mother who I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with until her death in 1990 at the age of 89. Here is a photo of her and her friends in 1920. Look at those babes!

. . . in the "Old swimming hole", my granny is second from the left

Below, she is at about 16 years old. Her dress is awesome and I'm enjoying the homes in the background, too.

This was at the end of the Arts & Crafts period, right before the Roaring Twenties. Her outft completely fits the era.

Here's a great photo of what looks to be a general goods store. Gram's off for some shopping, looks like to me. Dates to c1918

My grandma and grandpa were raised in Two Harbors, Minnesota. He was 12 years older than my grandma and had gone away to war. He came home to Two Harbors. She always said "he was the most eligible boy in town". They fell in love, married and traveled across country to San Diego in 1922, the year my mom was born.
Frank & Esther, my grandparents. My grandfather was an avid swimmer and canoer.
(Love the bathing suit!)

These photos are priceless.


SIMONE said...

Oh, my gosh, Cordelia! These photos are such a treasure, I love them all!! I can think of so many fabulous ways to use, display, and enjoy them - I would love to see what you have done with some of them!!
Simone Lagies

Cordelia of Cottage Antiques said...

Thank you, Simone. You know how I value your expert opinion - you're such a talent! I'm going to copy some of the photos and use them as tags. I'll always have my gram with me. :-)

Sally Lee™ said...

First I have to say, "May your heart be filled with love & wondrous memories of your mom." I just celebrated the second anniversary of my mom's passing
(3/12) and there is nothing like the bond between a mother & daughter.

Second, these pictures are marvelous and the fact that you know who everyone is makes them all the more special. I just love all the vintage bathing suits, buildings and such. I still have boxes & boxes of photos to go through and you've motivated me to get working on it! LOL!

So glad to have found you on Twitter and here.


Marie Rhoades
Sally Lee by the Sea

Cordelia of Cottage Antiques said...

What sweet comments! I'm happy to have inspired you. I need to do the same, go through more albums - there are so many I love and want to share. Thanks for finding us! I love your website, too.
Please visit again,

Weekend Cowgirl said...

I love old photos. I have been slowly scanning all of mine into computer this year. I think I will have several more years worth to go. In fact this will remind me to do some today. Love the last photo of your grandparents in swim suits!